I rang up the photographer who said it was up to me to find ‘a background’ which represents me as a vintage cyclist.
The thing is, I only tend to dress up at various ‘parades’, with a mish mash of weird bikes. I thought about the background being Somerset House, or a park.. or even the London Transport Museum.
To be honest, my main background is the ‘slums’ of Stratford, ‘the graffittied and wrecked Greenway Cyclepath0’, and the rubbish Aldgate Gyratory Deathrap, and Peckham, but that has nothing to do with the ‘vintage me’. The Bicycle Activist is a lot more interesting but to normal people, the dressing up in fancy clothes is better! I am still not sure what to wear 1920s or 30s.
Here is a bit from the London Transport Museum about London in the 1920s and 1930s:-
The 1920s and 1930s brought important innovations to improve safety, comfort and efficiency for people travelling around London. They were sorely needed. The move from horse-drawn vehicles to motorized ones brought a dramatic rise in fatal road accidents in the Capital. There were 186 road deaths in 1901, but this leapt to 1362 people killed in 1929. Not until 1934 were compulsory driving tests and an urban speed limit of 30mph (48kmh) imposed on drivers.
By the 1920s, buses had overtaken trams in popularity. Covered top decks and pneumatic tyres made buses more comfortable, and many new routes were introduced to link up London’s new suburbs. Buses were also cheaper to modernize and maintain.